Okay – Let me start off this post by saying I’m cheating a little. Before yesterday, learning calligraphy was not on my official Life List. But not because I don’t think it’s a totally awesome skill, but I simply assumed the skill was way beyond me. Like, waaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond. My handwriting leaves a lot to be desired, and calligraphy takes patience, precision, and lots and lots of practice.
When I found out last minute about a calligraphy class being taught by my online pal Alexandra from Alexandrawrote.com and Type A Calligraphy, and put together by another online pal Morgan from the818.com, AND sponsored by my liquor cabinet pal Smirnoff, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Alex has printing that’s to die for, and at the very least I hoped being in the same room with her for two hours would at least transfer an inkling (calligraphy joke – get it?) of that talent onto me.
Well, I don’t know about that, but I at least learned a new skill and I had fun doing it.
The class took place in this cool art space in Hollywood on Larchmont Blvd (which, ironically I talk about in this guest post I wrote yesterday for The Road to the Good Life).
I was a same-day addition to this workshop, so I was shocked and touched when I found I had my own place card. And in Alex’s pretty writing. I’m sure I’ll be writing just like that when this class is over.
The event was sponsored by Smirnoff Sorbet – new tropical flavored light vodkas. I tried the Mango Passion Fruit Smirnoff Sorbet with some pineapple juice and I must say it was very yummy. I think it also helped the ink flow a little more freely as the class went on.
We were provided with all the supplies we would need to get ourselves up and running with this new hobby – a nib, a nib holder (there’s probably a better name for that – sorry, Alex!), ink, an ink well, and paper.
After helping us all fill up our ink wells, we started with practice strokes to get used to the pen and the nib. It’s VERY different from using a standard pen, and it felt kind of like being in grade school and learning to write all over again.
After getting a feel for the pen, we were encouraged to try some letters or simple words.
I’m not very creative so I mostly stuck to the alphabet and my name. After an hour or so, I realized that writing in cursive had become so foreign to me, and I did much better when printing which is how I normally write!
I learned that, much as I suspected, I am not a natural when it comes to calligraphy. But I’m so stoked that I now have all the tools I need to practice and get better! Alex encouraged us all to practice and find our own style of writing, and I totally intend to do just that. My goal is to create a new logo for Budget Fairy Tale in my own calligraphy – how cool would that be!